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Windows 7 - End of Life

  • Author: Jerry Tung

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Microsoft Windows 7 has reached the End of Life on January 14, 2020.  Microsoft offered Extended Support for three years which is set to expire on January 14, 2023, and will not longer be supported afterwards.

FAQ about the end of support for Windows 7 | Microsoft Docs

What will happen to Windows 7 systems at UCSF after January 14, 2023?

Microsoft will no longer provide security patches and your system will be vulnerable.

We may block Windows 7 systems from the UCSF network at a later date.  Once a date is set, an announcement will be sent to the UCSF Community well in advance.  Security Exception will not longer be an option for all Windows 7 systems.

What are my options if I have a system running Windows 7?

  • Upgrade your current system to Windows 10 if it meets the minimum requirements:
    • UCSF Windows 10 Minimum Requirements
      • Processor: 2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or Soc
      • RAM: 8 gigabyte (GB)
      • Hard Drive: 256 GB
      • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
      • System should not be older than 5 years old. 
    • If your system is managed by ITFS or a Medical Center System, please click here to open a ticket to request an OS upgrade for your system.
    • If your system is a personally owned device (BYOD), you will need to purchase a Windows 10 - Professional License key from a vendor.  
  • If your system doesn't meet the minimum requirements
    • Please purchase a new system that supports at least Windows 10. 
  • If you cannot upgrade because you have software/peripherals that is not compatible with Windows 10:
    • Contact the vendor for an updated version that supports Windows 10 and upgrade the application and OS. 
    • Remove the system from the network and use it offline. 
    • File a security exception. Link